Officials in Spain have turned down proposals to ban British vacationers to the country until the end of summer 2021 for fear of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had previously said he did not expect to welcome tourists until most of the population had been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Prime Minister reportedly claimed that after 70 percent of the Spanish population had been vaccinated, the country would “gradually” prepare to welcome international tourists.
However, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Reyes Maroto claimed the Spanish government was working hard to take in international tourists as soon as possible.
She reiterated that the availability of vaccines in many countries offered hope to immunize the majority of the population so they could travel safely.
The Minister added: “Our priority in 2021 is to reactivate tourism and resume safe mobility on a global scale as soon as possible.
“We are working to create a common framework for a number of planned measures to give tourists confidence. We hope that at the end of spring, and especially in summer, international travel will resume and travelers will choose Spain as their destination.”
She stressed that the virus continues to be an obstacle to travel – but one that will not have long-term effects for Spain as a travel destination.
Spain’s image has not been compromised and tourists want to return to the destination. The image and positioning of Spain as a tourist destination are strengths of the entire Spanish brand on a global level .
General Director of TURESPAÑA, Spain’s Tourism Authority, Miguel Sanz, said Spain wants to be identified as a safe destination in order to restore travelers’ confidence and then encourage them to book a safe vacation.